Should I Floss or Brush First?

Most likely you’ve heard that you should be brushing and flossing your teeth daily. However, should brushing come before flossing or vice versa? According to recent studies, researchers have found that flossing before brushing may be the most effective way to remove dental plaque. This sequence also makes your tooth enamel stronger by increasing the fluoride concentration delivered from toothpaste. Read on to learn more about brushing and flossing from Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr, Dr. Niloufar Azami, and Dr. Adam Skrypczak at Greater Houston Orthodontics.

It’s important to know that you are a very important participant in keeping your oral health in tip top shape. You have to take care of your teeth beyond going to the dentist and orthodontist. Especially when you are in orthodontic treatment, it is crucial that you make your oral health a priority. While orthodontic appliances don’t cause oral health issues, they can create spaces that are difficult to clean. Additionally, when plaque and food accumulate around your braces it can lead to permanent white marks, cavities, swollen gums, bad breath, and periodontal disease. 

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Why Do Straight Teeth Matter?

Straight teeth help to create a beautiful smile. However, straight teeth actually do so much more than provide a great smile. Teeth are made to fit together in a certain way. If they don’t fit together properly, they can’t function properly, which can lead to a variety of oral health problems. To learn more about the importance of straight teeth from Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr, Dr. Niloufar Azami, and Dr. Adam Skrypczak at Greater Houston Orthodontics, keep reading.

Straight teeth are easier to clean. It is easier to remove plaque when teeth are aligned. Additionally, crooked teeth provide more places for plaque to hide and get missed while brushing. Plaque buildup can result in cavities and gum inflammation.

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The Effects of Electronic Cigarettes on Teeth

It is common knowledge that smoking tobacco is bad for our teeth and mouths. Smoking drastically increases your risk for several things, including oral cancer and gum disease. However, it is important to know these side effects do not go away with e-cigarettes. Read on to learn more about why vaping is bad for your teeth from Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr, Dr. Niloufar Azami, and Dr. Adam Skrypczak at Greater Houston Orthodontics.

Research shows that vaping is bad for your teeth just like smoking traditional cigarettes, even with no tobacco in e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes use an aerosol, or vapor, to deliver nicotine into the lungs. This vapor not only contains nicotine, which is bad for the teeth and body by itself, but also ultra-fine particles of toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Many of these chemicals are linked to cancer, respiratory disease, and heart disease. 

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How to Choose the Right Practice for Your Orthodontic Treatment

How to Choose the Right Practice for Your Orthodontic Treatment

Choosing the right practice to trust with your orthodontic care is an important decision. Here are the three biggest factors to consider to help you make the right choice.

1) The Doctors
The team of doctors at an orthodontic practice is one of the most important factors in ensuring that you get the best care available. One of the first steps we recommend is to research the group of doctors to get a sense of their experience and expertise. Most practices will feature their doctors on the bio page of their website. Some good indicators of top-rated doctors are accomplishments and achievements they’ve made in the field of orthodontics. This can include publications of important peer-reviewed research studies, memberships to elite orthodontic societies and other important awards. Top orthodontists will regularly participate in continuing education events to ensure they stay current with state-of-the-art technologies and treatment modalities.

2) The Treatments and Technologies
Treatment techniques and technologies are constantly evolving. Choosing a state-of-the-art orthodontic practice means having access to treatments that provide better results, in a shorter amount of time, while providing a more comfortable experience to patients. For example, advanced 3D-imaging technologies such as iTero scanners allow the patient to view a detailed map of their teeth as well as simulations of what their smile will look like by the end of treatment. Scans are quick, easy and don’t involve biting into a tray of messy goop or exposure to harmful radiation. Other technologies such as Dental Monitoring combine powerful artificial intelligence, the convenience of your smartphone and the expertise of your doctor for high-tech remote monitoring of your treatment. That means staying on track with your treatment if you are away for college, traveling, or have a busy work schedule.

3) The Reviews
Making a decision about where to receive treatment can be difficult, but nothing quite says “care you can trust” like the recommendation of others who have been in your shoes before. The right practice doesn’t just provide a great end result, they also provide a positive and welcoming experience throughout treatment. Reading reviews from patients at the practice can give you a good sense of what you can expect during your time there. Knowing you can trust a practice with your comfort, safety and privacy can make your decision to start treatment there much easier.

At Greater Houston Orthodontics we are proud of our team of top doctors, caring staff and state-of-the-art facilities. Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation and learn why so many Houstonians choose Greater Houston Orthodontics for their care.







Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr and Dr. Niloufar Azami are leading orthodontists helping to pioneer advancements in the field of orthodontics. The doctors and team at Greater Houston Orthodontics use advanced treatment techniques and technologies to provide the most effective, safe and comfortable experience for their patients.
With two convenient locations in West University and Memorial, we are ready to help you start smiling. Please contact our West University or our Memorial office to schedule a complimentary consultation.

5 Items To Have On Hand In Case of a Dental or Orthodontic Emergency

Our teeth, and braces, can encounter a lot when we’re out living our lives. These activities are not limited to: sporting events, pizza crust, cake and ice cream at birthday parties, and maybe even a hot dog eating contest. Fortunately, our teeth are strong and often allow us to go through these activities without too many major problems. 

However, sometimes accidents happen. But you can prepare yourself to deal with these accidents if you have some tools on hand. Keep reading to learn more about what items you should have on hand in case of a dental or orthodontic emergency from Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr, Dr. Niloufar Azami, and Dr. Adam Skrypczak at Greater Houston Orthodontics.

There are a few ways to safeguard against dental emergencies. This includes: wearing a mouth guard during sports, taking good care of your teeth and gums, and staying away from food that is hard, crunchy, and/or sticky (especially when in braces).

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The Perks of Going to An Orthodontist Early

Did you know that early orthodontic care may help you avoid costly treatment in the future? Like most things in life, orthodontic health can be much more manageable if you get ahead of it. The American Association of Orthodontics suggests that a child visits the orthodontist by age 7 in order to keep their oral health in check. Much like you wouldn’t skip a well visit with a pediatrician or a dentist appointment, you shouldn’t wait until your child absolutely needs braces to get an orthodontist’s opinion. Keep reading to learn more about how an early visit to the orthodontist may help you avoid more costly or invasive treatments in the future from Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr, Dr. Niloufar Azami, and Dr. Adam Skrypczak at Greater Houston Orthodontics.

There are several things an orthodontist may suggest when seeing a child. They may suggest a palatal expander, early interceptive treatment, baby tooth removal, or other things. A palatal expander is often used when the patient is still growing. This device in younger patients may reduce the need for extraction of permanent teeth or prevent teeth from impacting. Cases that are not corrected in growing patients may require surgery down the road or lead to abnormal wear and tear on teeth. 

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